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Gila River leader says lack of broadband is harming tribal, rural areas

The governor of the Gila River Indian Community told a House panel that Indian Country is the nation’s “least served” area for broadband access, despite the “astounding” opportunity that it presents.... Read more»

FactCheck: Sanders stretches state of the rich

Sen. Bernie Sanders claims that in the United States, “almost all of the wealth rests in the hands of the few.” He exaggerates. At most, the top 0.1 percent of U.S. families own 22 percent of the nation’s wealth, and Federal Reserve Board economists put the figure at 14 percent.... Read more»

Apache vow fight to block Oak Flat land swap

The protest to preserve Oak Flat turned heated Wednesday as San Carlos Apache tribal members, rallying at the Capitol, vowed to do whatever it takes to reverse a deal to turn Oak Flat over to a mining company.... Read more»

Free rides to mark birthday of Downtown streetcar

About 1.1 million rides have been taken on Tucson's Sun Link streetcar since it began rolling one year ago, officials said. Saturday, to mark the line's first year of operation, anyone can take a free ride on the route between the University of Arizona and the West Side.... Read more»

Officials: Az’s slip in state-funded pension ranks no cause for concern

Funding for Arizona’s state-run pension funds fell by more than 20 percent from 2003 to 2013, but the almost 600,000 state workers covered have no reason to worry about their retirement, officials said.... Read more»

1,300 near Oracle/Magee to be without water overnight Saturday

About 1,300 customers near North Oracle and West Magee roads will be without water service from midnight Saturday through about 5 a.m. Sunday as crews address water pressure concerns that have been reported in the area.... Read more»

U.S. House bars funding for 'sanctuary' cities for immigrants

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to deny funding to cities that do not report undocumented immigrants to federal authorities, setting off outcry from the White House and immigration advocates.... Read more»1

Silverbell Road to be repaved between Goret and Ina

Beginning next month, the rugged 6-mile stretch of Silverbell Road between Goret and Ina roads will be getting a fresh layer of asphalt.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Kirkpatrick: Resilient forests, resilient communities

U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick: Arizonans are all too familiar with the consequences of unhealthy and poorly managed forests. Wildfires not only lead to devastating economic losses, they can take a tragic human toll. It's clear that forest health should be a priority in Arizona. But it also needs to be a priority in Congress.... Read more»

Analysis

Ducey plan no quick fix for Az education funding

Gov. Ducey's proposal to generate an additional $2 billion for Arizona’s cash-strapped education system by tapping the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund is not the quick fix that was hoped for. In fact, it’s not even much of a fix.... Read more»1

Analysis

Trump a star in our dysfunctional political reality show

Heroic or pathetic: Which is Donald Trump to you? If the former, you need no encouragement to applaud his flamboyant proclamations, even when they cast aspersions on no less a national icon than John McCain. But if you’re one to dismiss Trump’s oratory as merely the ravings of an egotist with too much money on his hands, think again.... Read more»

Factchecking Trump’s attack on McCain

Donald Trump distorts the facts in a recent op-ed in which he says Sen. John McCain has “abandoned our veterans” and “failed the state of Arizona and the country.” ... Read more»

Trump visits border in Texas after BP union backs out

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump landed on time in South Texas on Thursday, even though a Border Patrol union here backed out of hosting him.... Read more»1

Mt. Lemmon center to be dedicated Saturday to late author Chuck Bowden

A much-heralded reporter and author who spent much of his life chronicling the people and places of the Southwestern Desert will be honored Saturday as a community center on Mt. Lemmon is named for Chuck Bowden, who died last August.... Read more»

Slain Mesa clerk’s uncle urges Senate to crack down on immigrant custody

Michael Ronnebeck was back in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to crack down on repeat offenders in the immigrant population in order to prevent another killing like that of his nephew.... Read more»

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